Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai (2019) – American IPA at 7.5% ABV | 65 IBU

Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai (2019) American IPA at 7.5% ABV | 65 IBU (C$4.55 at Collective, 473 ml, packaged on 19-Apr-2019, acquired 14-Jun-2019, reviewed 20-Jun-2019)

Appearance: clear pale amber with two fat fingers of rocky off-white head, excellent retention and heavy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: resiny pine, citrus, caramel. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, lingering building bitter finish. (4/5)

It’s been a long time since I last had this – over five years, in fact – so fair to say I was expecting my impression to have evolved. And it has, but nowhere near as much as I thought it might. I want to say it’s just very slightly less bitter than the last time I had it, but other than that, it’s pretty much what I recall. It’s definitely a traditional approach, but it’s so very well done that it’s hard to find fault with that. And I’m sure not gonna complain about having it available locally – maybe it’ll pave the way for a few more of theirs? (17/20)

8.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

6 thoughts on “Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai (2019) – American IPA at 7.5% ABV | 65 IBU”

  1. Funnily enough after I saw your reply I had just looked at the Tap List for the new Outpost Manchester BrewDog where I am going tomorrow.
    It opened today & it’s the second BrewDog bar in Manchester which is ½ hour from me.
    Anyway, I saw they gave Jai Alai (2019) on draught – so gotta try that one.
    Top of my list!

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